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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-04-2017, 20:59 Thread Starter
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Someone tried to steal my MGTF - Hood badly damaged and drivers lock broken

Hi all,

So, I went to get into my car yesterday evening only to discover the roof had been slashed.

There are 5 or 6 cuts in the hood just above and behind the drivers seat, with the largest being about a half a meter long.
At first I thought it was just vandals, but then I noticed the drivers side lock was broken and I was unable to open it.
Also, there was an attempt to pry the door open.

I am sure the hood is beyond repair so will need replacing, along with a new door lock mechanism.

The annoying thing is that I have had the car since 2006 and was planning to sell it on over the next couple of months.

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I now need to decide if I should claim on the insurance, pay the 250 excess and loose my 10yr no claims discount.

Can I ask peoples opinions on this?

1. How much would a (blue) hood replacement cost, including fitting?

2. How much would a drivers side lock replacement cost, including fitting?

3. How much do you think I could get for my car fully repaired (2003 MGTF cool blue with 45,000 miles)?


Thanks in advance for your advice.
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Sorry to hear about this.
Temp fix tape up your roof. Then put a bid in on ebay for one of the 80 hoods.

What is the damage to your lock?
Central locking mechanisms are really cheap. Under 20. Changing the keys and barrels on ebay 40. I am betting the escutcheon has been jemmied so the barrel could be loose. You need to have a look with the door card off. Also what is the condition of the door edge? Was it forced there?

A garage could charge you 50 an hour.
If you claim on your insurance all your policies will be effected and possibly your car could be written off.
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Sorry to hear this.
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Fitting the replacement hood is just a case of undoing all the clips and lifting it off.

There isn't much in the way of attachments to do it (they expect you to be able to swap it for a hard top yourself).

In terms of individual parts, most of it is just velcro and zippers.
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Fitting the replacement hood is just a case of undoing all the clips and lifting it off.

There isn't much in the way of attachments to do it (they expect you to be able to swap it for a hard top yourself).

In terms of individual parts, most of it is just velcro and zippers.
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It is a bit more involved than that, the fabric is glued and riveted to the frame so takes several hours work. Even if swapping the frame as well is really a 2 man job.

When fitting a hard top you just fold the soft top down.

If I was the O/P I'd contact MGFmania.
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Thanks for the replies.

Yeah, I have taped up the roof in the mean time.

I'll take a look on ebay to see what hoods I can get for a decent price.

The damage to the side of the door is minimal thankfully (where they tried to pry it open).
However, the lock is pretty much useless. I think I will need an entire new one... ebay again.

I suppose the other option is I could just sell it as is and see what I can get for it.
Any ideas what you might get for a 2003 Cool Blue MGTF 45,000 mile with a damaged roof?
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It is a bit more involved than that, the fabric is glued and riveted to the frame so takes several hours work. Even if swapping the frame as well is really a 2 man job.
Ah... ok. Seems like a much bigger job than I thought.
I'd be reluctant to take a on a very big job, especially if the savings are going to be minimal.

I'll call MGFmania as suggested and see what they advise too.
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I would just swap the whole roof (frame and fabric complete).

You should be able to pick one up from Ebay for about 150 - less if your lucky.

Replacement is just 4, or is it 6? bolts.

You will find plenty of guides on here on using Google.

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Where are you roughly located? I maybe able to help out on a hood (originally off a cool blue) and lock set.

If your looking to sell, cool blues should command more pennies than they actually do, fleabay auction prices show cool blues in good good condition and MOT's selling anything between 350 - 1,200

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Thanks Ian... I'll take another look at ebay. Yeah, the frame and fabric together would be ideal.

Dert, I'll send you a PM about the roof.

Thanks again all.
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MG tf 1.8 automatic ( breaking for parts ) | eBay Birmingham

On ebay search for mgtf breaking.

Lots of breakers put ads with 99p for a clip. They then leave their tel number.

The above link looks like a possible roof for you. The cool blue was in silver as well as blue.

just an idea.

Heres one in Dewsbury http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/mg-tf-1-8-...3D282427902740

and essex http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MG-TF-1-8-...IAAOSwTM5Y5~Uc

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Thanks batoutofhull. Some good options there.
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I had to replace my blue hood on the TF I had & found they were in short supply.
So i bought a black one with glass rear screen for 220 fitted by "we love MGs".
Good result.
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A few pics of the hood I got





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Thanks for the info forrester.

Dert... cheers for the pics. Roof looks in good nick. I'll send you a PM.
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